Photothermal (PT) methods are widely applicable for the analysis and control of thin materials (up to several millimeters). However, so far, we have helped to introduce these methods in most active industrial sectors (aeronautics, nuclear industry, armament) and technology of advanced and new materials. Starting from this very point, we consider that time has come to widen the application field of PT methods by including more traditional topics and materials as well. This why we want to unite a number of scientific and industrial partners (textiles, biological substances, agro-industry, packaging, coatings...) into a network with the major goal to develop new control tools for multipurpose use. With similar and often complementary know-how, the seven laboratories (or groups of laboratories) in different EC countries have so far put into operation (for the control purposes) several variants of the photothermal methods. They all master both the theory and as well as how to adapt it to the problems arising in specific firms: in this fashion they did promote a joint action which not only assist in developing and assembling these industrial applications, but also provides more profound insight into their common scientific fields. They all have already collaborated with three professional partners all experts in engineering and technological transfer, and also have a sound knowledge of industrial needs. Their participation announces and relays the whole partnership agreements which will be directly linked in a later stage with the industrial worid. They merge to their venture the sectors of food industries, textile, packaging, aeronautics, metallurgy and of bio-technologies. All initial partners have agreed that the first phase should have an exploratory character: it will include coordinated efforts in three centres (France, Germany, The Netherlands) to investigate current situation to what it concerns the supply and demand related to technological applications in each sector and the country concerned, to list unrealised industrial needs, to detect the existence and the degree of efficiency of possible competing methods and to outline the operating modes of a European network.